Psalm 128-130 English Standard Version

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The Blessedness of Him Who Fears the LORD

128 1  Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! 2  You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. 3  Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. 4  Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord. 5  The Lord bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life! 6  May you see your children's children! Peace be upon Israel!

A Prayer for the Overthrow of Zion's Enemies

129 1  "Greatly[1] have they afflicted me from my youth"-- let Israel now say-- 2  "Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me. 3  The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows." 4  The Lord is righteous; he has cut the cords of the wicked.

5  May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward! 6  Let them be like the grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up, 7  with which the reaper does not fill his hand nor the binder of sheaves his arms, 8  nor do those who pass by say, "The blessing of the Lord be upon you! We bless you in the name of the Lord!"

Hope in the LORD's Redemption

130 1  Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! 2  O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! 3  If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4  But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.

5  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 6  my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. 7  O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. 8  And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

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Footnotes

[1] 129:1 Or Often; also verse 2

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